The hosts of “The Talk” ask Sharon Osborne why she seemingly supported and defended Piers Morgan.
Piers Morgan, 55, has left his longtime position at Good Morning Britain after continuously attacking Duchess Meghan Markle. While many are happy to see Morgan go, some support Morgan and look past his problematic history as a broadcaster. One of those people is Osbourne. On Tuesday, Osbourne tweeted, “I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
. @piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 9, 2021
The tweet became a larger conversation on the show, leading to the hosts confronting Osbourne about her comment. She claims she was just supporting her “friend” and “his freedom of speech and his opinions on what he felt about the interview of Meghan and Harry.”
“I know he has a right to say what he feels on the interview, as we have a right to say, and everybody has a right to say what they feel with freedom of speech,” Osbourne said. “Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion. But why is it that because I supported a longtime friend and work colleague of mine for years that everybody goes, if you support him, then you must be racist because he’s racist?”
The ladies all agreed that they do not feel Osbourne is a racist but told the celeb that supporting Morgan, who would continuously attack Markle, was not okay. “Mrs. O, it’s always really hard when you see a good friend going through a difficult situation, and you know them on a different level and really know their personal heart and their minds,” Amanda Kloots said, per ET Online. “And you have this relationship with Piers, so I understand why you reached out and supported a friend. He’s a friend. And I agree with you, it doesn’t mean you support what he says. We have a lot of friends who say things they don’t agree with, but they’re still our friends.”
Sheryl Underwood chimed in and recalled a time when she tried to “bring to [Morgan’s] attention that there were racial and racist implications in the dealings with Meghan Markle, specifically because she was Black.”
“He doesn’t want to understand how Meghan was treated was racism and then says…I don’t see it as being racist — I don’t believe what she’s going through — it’s that white entitlement, privilege that makes it racist upon itself,” Underwood continued. “So if you’re saying I stand with you, how do you address people who say then you are standing with racism? I’m not saying that you are.”
Welteroth added that Osbourne could have taken the opportunity to stand up to Piers’ offensive comments. “When we give passes or give space to people who are saying damaging, harmful things, what we’re kind of doing is permissing it,” she explained. “And I think that’s what people are reacting to.”
karen osbourne begging to be canceled live on the talk right now pic.twitter.com/YU217LK5rL
— Déjà The View (@dejatheviewpod) March 10, 2021